As Season 3 of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills kicks into gear, Kyle Richards sits down with PARADE magazine and reveals how she makes her marriage to Mauricio Umansky work, why she stayed for Season 3, and what she thinks of new housewife Yolanda Foster. See more of the interview in PARADE's November 11 issue!
PARADE Magazine: What’s the secret to making your marriage to Mario work when so many other Real Housewives’ marriages crumble?
Kyle Richards: I think it’s really about not getting caught up in the show and making your family your number one priority. For us, we have our own personal ways that we like to stay grounded, like the spiritual aspect of our lives. Whether you go to church or temple, I think it’s important to have that in your life. I think that’s probably what keeps us grounded.
What can fans expect for Season 3 of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills?
Well, after watching us for two seasons, I know the fans know that it’s going to be a rocky season! There’s some new women in the mix, and there’s a lot of drama and real life issues that you’ll see all of us go through as well as a lot of fun and glamour.
There’s a real negative side to doing a show like this. There’s a backlash when it comes to reality TV fame. Why did you decide to continue with the show?
For me, whether I came back or not this season wasn’t about my family because they’ve always been fine with it. My kids, they’re not impressed with the show. They come on if they walk into a room, but they don’t really care about being on the show and they’re not affected by it. It was a personal decision, but I also really thought a lot of good can come from doing these shows and we do have a lot of fun in spite of all the drama.
Tell us about the newest housewife, Yolanda H. Foster.
I’ve known Yolanda from around town over the years and she’s beautiful and glamorous and very together. I’m excited to have her join the show. She’s a wonderful addition.
You’re tumultuous relationship with your sister Kim played out over Seasons 1 and 2. How are you two today?
We’re in a much better place. Thank God. Yes, definitely in a much better place than we were Season 1 and Season 2. I don’t think it could get much worse than Season 1, that’s for sure. Things are good now, but I never know when we’re going to clash, we are sisters. We’re going to clash, so you never know when that’s going to change.
The cast has gone through some tough times. Camille’s divorce and now Adrianne and Paul’s split. But despite any behind-the-scenes drama, you all seem to rally around each other in times of crisis.
Absolutely. We’ve all watched each other go through so many difficult things in the past few years, and we really do rally around each other, but obviously there are times that we clash, and we’ve had issues within our own group that we’ve had to work through, so it’s not always easy.
You released a book at the end of last year. What are you working on next?
My biggest project right now is that I’ve just opened a new boutique right in the heart of Beverly Hills, and I’m really excited about that. It’s been a lot of fun and my dream to be a standing store right in Beverly Hills.
Are you a fan of the other Real Housewives’ franchises? Do you watch any of the others?
Yes, I do. I watch all the other shows. I love watching all the other franchises! They’re all on the air at different times, so I always have a different favorite. Right now, I’m very intrigued with New Jersey and the whole drama with Teresa and her brother and that whole thing. I’m watching the reunion just going, ‘Oh my God, I can’t even believe what I’m seeing.’ Better them than me right now!
How do you handle watching yourself on TV each week?
We get the DVDs a week early, so we can write our blogs for Bravo TV, so my family always jokes when the FedEx comes and we hear it drop on the doorstep. We gasp for air and just look at it and stare at it a while before we have the courage to open the envelope. Sometimes there’s things in the episode where I go, ‘That was so much fun! I’m really glad we got to do this,’ and other times I dread what I’m seeing and I dread some of the things I’ve done or said.